Colorful Dip Dyed Baby Announcements

I’ll always have a soft spot for dip dyed stationery, especially when combined with beautiful calligraphy and mint green edge painting! Brittany from Swell Press Paper Co. created these sweet dip dyed baby announcements – with a two color dip dye! And how cute are those mini mint green envelopes with little newborn baby photos???

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From BrittanyWhen Bradley reached out to me to create a fun, one of a kind letterpress birth announcement for her new baby girl Frances Walker, I immediately knew this project was going to be a blast. Bradley wasn’t scared of color, and let me run wild with whatever design idea I had. I was so excited to be able to combine my two favorite techniques – dip dying (in two colors!) and edge painting – all topped off with the beautiful calligraphy of Melissa from Olive Branch & Co.

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Crane’s super thick 220lb Lettra Cotton Paper in Pearl White perfectly absorbed the dip dye and allowed for a beautiful, deep impression of the text. I chose a light periwinkle ink color to match the envelopes; the spring colors were perfect to welcome the new babe into the world!

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

New mom Bradley also is a fan of anything miniature (I mean who isn’t?), so I included a mini mint green envelope (with matching edge paint color!) and three tiny photos of Walker (and her adorable chubby legs). This is by far one of my favorite projects to date!

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Dip Dyed Baby Announcements by Swell Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Brittany!

Design, Printing, and Dip Dyeing: Swell Press Paper Co.

Calligraphy: Olive Branch & Co.

Photo Credits: Swell Press Paper Co.

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Normally we hear the designer’s perspective on a particular wedding invitation, but today we’re lucky to hear from both the designer and the printer of these beautiful gold foil architecture-inspired wedding invitations and save the dates. Such a treat! Designer Ryan DePaola drew inspiration from his adopted home town, Los Angeles, for both the invitation and save the date design, then the talented production team at Mama’s Sauce brought the design to life through a combination of screen printing, letterpress printing, and gold foil!

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

First, a few notes on the design inspiration from designer Ryan DePaolaOur wedding suite was inspired by our venue, its location and what the two together represented to us. We choose to incorporate both ourselves as well as the city itself in our invitation to further integrate the two as one. The foil line work and flourishes are really an homage to the city of LA itself and the impact it has had – not just in style and architecture, but to us.

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

LA is where my fiancé and I first met and dated, so for the save the dates I wanted to pull in all the beautiful architecture of all the buildings in downtown LA that had had special meaning to us. Where we had our first date all the way to our pizza spot. Where we had built our relationship and where we are solidifying it.

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Mama’s Sauce on printing and production: Ryan’s suite was ultimately letterpress and foil in the end, but for his Save the Date we also incorporated screen printing. That was the only piece in his suite that utilized a different paper. We chose to to go with the smoother, less fibrous, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White for the Save the Date to ensure the half tone screen printed portion of the design (the marbling) printed as consistently as possible. Little technical decisions like this can go a long way when you’re really thinking through the best way to bring art to life within a process, as each design marries (pun!) with the process and paper differently.

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The remainder of the suite was foil stamped and letterpress printed on double thick cotton paper that resulted in a strikingly consistent impression from both processes. They were pre-duplexed to double thick, as there wasn’t any relief printing on the backside.

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Suites like this are a dream to work on for us. The designer is the client, and in this case the designer-client knows how to design well for our processes, yet is able to lean into our expertise for suggestions in order to make the package really shine, like foil is supposed to do.

Gold Foil Architecture-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Mama's Sauce / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Ryan and Mama’s Sauce!

Design: Ryan DePaola

Letterpress, Foil, and Screen Printing: Mama’s Sauce

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Mama’s Sauce

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations

I love the mix of classic elegance and youthful whimsy in these illustrated storybook wedding invitations and save the dates from Jen at Shipwright & Co. Inspired by the illustrations of Ludwig Bemelmans (creator of the Madeline books) and with a color palette inspired by natural plant dyes, the invitation suite features illustrations of animals dancing at dusk and nighttime, surrounded by beautiful woodland flora. Just gorgeous!

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From JenAshley and Mike met in New York and had many dates at Bemelmans Bar, which is named in honor of Ludwig Bemelmans – creator of the Madeline children’s books. The walls are covered with his illustrations, featuring many animals frolicking in the woods. Ashley and Mike wanted to capture that magic and whimsy of those illustrations in their invitations, and we were super excited to oblige as we are big fans of classic children’s book illustrations.

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The save the dates capture the animals dancing at dusk on the barn where Ashley and Mike tied the knot, and the invitations move into a nighttime world, layered in three colors with the handwritten text filling up the full moon. These pieces are all about the details. Each animal and plant was chosen especially for each spot. We also love their color scheme, which was inspired by natural plant dyes.

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Jen!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Shipwright & Co.

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Emma K. Morris

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations

I’m kiiiiinnnnnd of obsessed with swan motifs at the moment, so naturally I was super excited when these romantic swan-inspired wedding invitations from Nichole at Coral Pheas­ant showed up in my inbox! I love the way Nichole incorporated subtle swan details (inspired by the groom’s last name!) into this classic blush and gold invitation design, including a die cut details card and swan envelope liner!

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From NicholeLast year I had the pleasure of working with the magnificent florist Diane Gaudett, of Custom Floral Designs, and her daughter Jocelyn to create a custom wedding invitation suite for Jocelyn’s wedding. Truth be told, it more a family affair with Jocelyn’s fiancé, Justin, and her sister being involved too! They all came to the first design meeting, each contributing and offering ideas that were built upon during the design process.

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The vision for the wedding was a super romantic affair with lush florals, crystal chandeliers and luxe linens to be held at the Lace Factory in Deep River, Connecticut. Those details and the darling last name of the groom (Swann!) were the driving bits of inspiration for the suite.

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The invitation itself is completely typeset in a script full of romantic flourishes, set at a slight angle and is letterpress printed on double-thick Crane’s Lettra. While the language on the invitation is traditional, playful wording is used on the response card.

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

My favorite part of the suite is the die cut details card that features a swan with outstretched wings. Seriously, could the groom’s surname be any more fitting for a wedding?! Swans mate for life and are symbols of elegance and beauty. The swan reference is repeated on the patterned envelope liners and again on the custom postage stamp. Blush envelopes bring a hint of color to the palette and calligraphy by Graceline complete the suite.

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Romantic Swan-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Nichole!

Invitation design and styling: Coral Pheasant

Calligraphy: Graceline

Event and floral design: Custom Floral Designs

Coral Pheasant is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Nichole’s beautiful work right here or visit the real wedding invitations gallery for more invitation inspiration!

Photo Credits: Coral Pheasant

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations

These subtle gold foil splatter wedding invitations from Mariko at Miks Letterpress+ incorporate gold foil in the most delicate and surprising way! Gold foil is usually the star of the show, but I love the subtle splash of gold foil against the modern sans serif type-driven design. Mariko wove the gold foil splatter pattern throughout the invitation suite, from the save the dates to the post-wedding thank you cards. And I absolutely adore the contrasting black envelope with calligraphed addresses in white ink by Meant to Be Calligraphy and colorful pop of color from the vintage postage stamps!

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations by Miks Letterpress / Photo by Rachel Lynn Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From MarikoThe bride wanted to incorporate gold foil, but not anything too over the top. To add a subtle gold foil element to the invitation design, I decided to go with a splash (literally) on each page. I chose a tame and modern sans serif font to counter balance the chaos of the gold foil splash. This suite is great for keeping it simple, yet having a little bit of luxury through the gold foil.

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations by Miks Letterpress / Photo by Rachel Lynn Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations by Miks Letterpress / Photo by Rachel Lynn Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations by Miks Letterpress / Photo by Rachel Lynn Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations by Miks Letterpress / Photo by Rachel Lynn Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The suite was hand letterpress printed in black ink along with gold foil on 100% cotton paper. The black envelopes help to balance all of the white space in the invitation suite itself, with a white ink address by Meant to Be Calligraphy in her Reese lettering style. Here the vintage postage stamps also add a splash of color to match the color palette of the wedding. We had a great time styling the shoot using eucalyptus and other greenery to complement the suite.

Subtle Gold Foil Splatter Wedding Invitations by Miks Letterpress / Photo by Rachel Lynn Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Mariko!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Miks Letterpress+

Envelope Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Floral Styling: Taffy Floral

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Rachel Lynn Photography